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Education Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 6089859, 12 pages
Research Article

Development of Emotional Skills through Interdisciplinary Practices Integrated into a University Curriculum

1Developmental and Educational Psychology Department, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
2Computer Technology and Computation Department, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to M. L. Pertegal-Felices;

Received 5 April 2017; Accepted 17 July 2017; Published 28 August 2017

Academic Editor: Lieven Verschaffel

Copyright © 2017 M. L. Pertegal-Felices et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The emotional profile of university students has been related to both academic performance and professional success. Such evidence has led higher education professionals to ask whether students can be trained in emotional skills at university stage. However, learning specific emotional skills requires a considerable investment of time from students. This paper presents an intervention aimed at developing emotional skills through interdisciplinary teamwork, without adding specific courses that could decrease the time that students devote to their core studies. The results indicated that working in interdisciplinary teams improved the level of emotional skills without hindering the attainment of academic objectives.